Arts and Culture

Beyond the photograph
Beyond the photograph
From the images collected on her Tumblr page Chomma, one can tell how much friendships have been a catalysing force in Jody Brand’s trajectory as...
​Regarding the white male gaze in South African photography
​Regarding the white male gaze in South African photography
How does a person place himself in the current South African discourse when he is young, white and male? As someone who ticks all three boxes, this...
Welcome to our Maputo
Welcome to our Maputo
The blazing heat and high humidity stick like a couple of lovestruck pups the moment I hit Maputo at dusk. Air-cons and fans work overtime at...
A snapshot of our everydays
A snapshot of our everydays
When she initially catches my attention, her packages are on the pavement, sitting on either side of her legs as if she is taking a break after a...
On The Lists this week: FAKA, Allen Iverson and Koleka Putuma
On The Lists this week: FAKA, Allen Iverson and Koleka Putuma
FAKA: Uyang’khumbula. I legit feel like I’ve eureka’d the answers to every single unanswered question in life....
Dusting off The Suit
Dusting off The Suit
This year is the 50th anniversary of the death of Can Themba — the formidable teacher, journalist, writer and playwright. The Market Theatre...
Mabandla reaches deep within and the music flows anew
Mabandla reaches deep within and the music flows anew
Bongeziwe Mabandla approaches the stage, walking with upright confidence in his trendy get-up.
Makhathini’s prolific pianism
Makhathini’s prolific pianism
On a Sunday night a few days ago, I had the luck of turning on the radio as strains of Nduduzo Makhathini’s At Your Feet Oh Lord...
A portrait of strength
A portrait of strength
In the tradition of renaming the boroughs and neighbourhoods of New York City, Long Island was somehow rechristened Strong Island, from which this...
Powerfully unpacking of conditions that led to June 16
Powerfully unpacking of conditions that led to June 16
One of the first films I saw from the Encounters Film Festival’s remarkable selection of documentaries was Uprize!, director Sifiso...
Lagos, the prayer’s kingdom
Lagos, the prayer’s kingdom
On May 20 this year, Lagos Island in Nigeria shut down for the Eyo festival. The habitually busy streets, lined with traders, were filled with...
Winnie changes history as we know it
Winnie changes history as we know it
There’s a scene in Pascale Lamche’s phenomenal documentary Winnie that would make for an interesting graphological study on the...
Real-life mother of the nation
Real-life mother of the nation
In many ways, it is fitting that it is Alice Coltrane’s Journey in Satchidananda that acts as our chaperone into this powerful documentary on struggle hero Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life. Both women have lived their lives in the shadow of towering figures and yet their...
Maneta wears his mind on his sleeve
Maneta wears his mind on his sleeve
Rofhiwa Maneta recently self-published Metanoia, his first book. It’s a collection of short stories that blur the line between fact and...

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